Jade Bird (pictured above), Sam Fender and Hrvy are the latest acts to join the BBC Radio 1 Brit List.
Launched in 2017, the Brit List is a programme of support that commits to helping British artists over three singles, in the build up to the release of their debut albums.
Stormzy, Mabel and Anne-Marie are just a few of the names that have featured on the list so far and have benefited from the support provided by the programme.
Commenting on the new additions, head of music at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, Chris Price, said: ‘All three are at just the right stage in their careers to benefit from the three-song playlist commitment, and we’re thrilled to cement our support for them.
‘Jade and Sam’s journeys with us began on their local BBC Introducing shows; they both featured on the BBC Sound Of 2018 longlist and have gone on to be passionately supported by many of our specialist presenters.’
Speaking about third act, Hrvy, he added: ‘He has been championed by BBC Introducing in Kent, as well as by daytime Radio 1 DJs Adele Roberts and Scott Mills. Last month, he showed off his superstar potential with a spellbinding performance at the Radio 1 Teen Awards.’
Jade Bird, who was awarded the SXSW Grulke Prize for Developing Non-US Act back in March, said: ‘Wow. It is so special to be recognised by Radio 1 in this way. They have been incredibly supportive of me and my music since the very beginning and I can’t thank them enough for that. I am so excited for the next chapter!’
Tyneside musician Sam Fender, whose debut EP Dead Boys is out now through Polydor Records, commented: ‘I’m completely buzzing. Can’t believe it to be honest! I’m waking up everyday at the moment slapping myself to check that everything is real. Such an honour to have been chosen for Radio 1’s Brit List. Radio 1 and BBC Introducing have been such a big part of my musical journey already, I genuinely can’t thank them enough. 2019 we are coming for you!’
Speaking of his addition, Hrvy added: ‘So excited to hear I’ve been included in Radio 1’s Brit List! The support and belief that I’ve received from the Radio 1 team has been amazing. Big up to BBC Introducing in Kent, Best New Pop, and the brilliant Scott Mills and team who’ve been there from the start.
‘This year I fulfilled one of my dreams by performing at the incredible Radio 1 Teen Awards – up until now I’d been in the audience wishing to be a part of it – I’m so looking forward to the next chapter!’